Microsoft has revealed that it will make it easier than ever for developers to port apps developed for Android and iOS across to its Windows platform.
Speaking at its Build conference yesterday, the Big M’s Terry Myerson said that future Windows Phones will have a dedicated Android system so devs can easily shift their Google-backed apps to Microsoft’s system.
What’s more, iOS developers will be able to use Microsoft Visual Studio to put their apps together and make them into Windows 10 add-ons.
Windows Phone has long lacked behind Android and iOS when it comes to apps. Third party developers have not traditionally chosen Microsoft’s mobile platform to show off their latest creations and updates for big name apps can take months to appear after they’ve done so on Apple and Google’s app stores.
Interestingly, this move could see apps from Android and iOS appear on desktops as well as mobiles and tablets. Windows 10 is set to deliver ‘universal apps’ designed to work across devices using Microsoft’s updated operating system.
Expect to see and hear more about this towards the end of the year, when the first Windows 10 devices start rolling out.
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